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Name: Frank Jackson

School: Duke

Season: Freshman

ESPN High School Ranking: 10 (2016)

Birthdate: May 4, 1998 (19)

Birthplace: Alpine, Utah

Family: 

- Parents Al and Juleen Jackson

- Father is a former Utah state sena

- Has 4 siblings

- Father pushed him to excel

- Al played college basketball and baseball at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

High School: Lone Peak High School

Accolades: 

- 2016 McDonald's All-American - won co-MVP

- Won 2016 McDonald's All-American dunk contest

- 2016 Jordan Brand Classic

- 2016 Nike Hoop Summit

- 2016 Utah Mr. Basketball

- 2016 Utah Gatorade Player of the Year

Twitter: FWJackson15

Instagram: FranklinJackson5

Height: 6'3.5

Weight: 208

Wingspan: 6'6.75

Standing Reach: 8'2.5

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Jackson is a mormon - part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

- Jackson's best friend left for a 2 year mission - Jackson said he wanted to join

- Jackson chose to attend Duke rather than go on his mission

- Says they are normal - don't have multiple wives or 20 kids

- Jackson accepted a scholarship to BYU in 2013, but decommitted in 2014

- Jackson is using his publicity to familiarize everyone with the religion

Freshman Season Stats: Through 17 games

- 11.6 PPG

- 2.4 RPG

- 1.6 APG

- 0.6 SPG

- 46% FG

- 38% 3

-79% FT

Position: PG

Greatest Strength: Athleticism

Greatest Weakness: Drives + Finishing at the rim

Athleticism: 8

Aggression: 6

Speed: 8

Strength: 5

Lateral Movement: 6

Basketball IQ: 5

Switchability: 6

3 point shooting: 7

Jumpshot: 7

Ability to finish at the rim: 5

Post moves: N/A

Handle: 6

Passing: 5

Rebounding: 6

Motor: 7

Touch: 6

Hands: 6

On ball defense: 6

Help defense: 7

Steals: 6

Blocks: N/A

Pick and Roll: 

- Does not turn the corner well using ball screens

- Has trouble fighting over ball screens, tends to get caught 

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Very quick - especially at getting open

- Too aggressive on defense - needs to gap more because he usually can take away the first move but gets beaten on counters

- Quicker without the ball than with the ball

- Has trouble turning the corner on defenders and tends to float tough shots with the defender on him

- Problems finishing at the rim

Game Analysis:

Game 1

- vs. Elon

- #22 Steven Santa Ana

- #13 Dainan Swoope

- #12 Christian Hairston

- Fouled going up - FTs 2/2

- Left ball scren from right 45 - splits it very quickly and finds open big

- Strips guard at halfcourt

- Catch and shoot 3 from right 45 - in and out

- Drives left from right 45, tries to draw foul by leaning into defender, bricks shot attempt

- Handoff at right 45, one dribble with left then pulls up for 3 using screen

- Catch and shoot 3 right corner - hits

- Good help ballside with the body in the paint - getting there early

- Cuts, catches over the top alley-oop and lays it in at the hoop - impressive athleticism

Game 2

- vs. Virginia Tech

- #5 Justin Robinson

- #10 Justin Bibbs

- Switching off ball screens

- Aware in help defense, good weakside help on the over the top catch in the paint - there early

- Drives right from left 45, pulls up for left elbow jumper off the dribble- miss

- Bad foul getting beat in transition 

- Good early weakside help at the rim again but fouled a much bigger player (LeDay)

- Beaten to the rim on the switch from ball screen - he only got beaten because of lack of communication he didn't know immediately he was switching

- Drives left from right 45, misses floater - didn't beat man to the rim

- Backs up and Bibbs hits a layup over him because he continued to back up on D

- Misses right corner 3

- Drives left, misses left bank floater over the defender - again couldn't turn the corner

- Drives with the right and finishes at the hoop

- Pulls up for midrange FT line jumper - miss

NBA Comparison: Brandon Knight

Current Ability: 5.5

Projection as an NBA Player: 6 (Right now)

Projected Draft Spot: Undrafted

Opinion: Jackson is very quick and a good athlete but plays faster without the ball than with it. Jackson is not a good passer and is more of a scorer at the PG position. While Jackson has a solid 3 point shot, and can get to the rim, he has problems finishing at the rim. i would not be interested in drafting Jackson this year and would advise he stays at Duke for his Sophomore season. Perhaps Jackson needs a starting role to show what he can do, but for the time being, he is simply not ready.